Ripley club fight man escapes jail after attack

A MAN who punched a Ripley clubber in the face and then head-butted his victim’s girlfriend has been spared jail.

Edward Johnson and Chloe Hodson were standing at the door to a smoking area at the Regal Club at 3am when Matthew Upton walked past and pushed her out of the way and a disagreement ensued.

Chesterfield magistrates heard that a fight later broke out in the club which resulted in Mr Johnson, Ms Hodson and others being ejected.

The couple were waiting for a taxi when Upton, 31, pushed Mr Johnson’s chest and punched him on the jaw before head-butting Ms Hodson on the nose with full force.

Upton, a fabricator, of Bloomer Wood View, Sutton-in-Ashfield, admitted two charges of assault. He had previously been convicted of burglary and theft.

The bench had warned he could be locked up but, after listening to a probation service report, they ordered him to do 160 hours work.

He must also pay £150 compensation to Ms Hodson and £100 to Mr Johnson, with £85 costs.

“It was just one blow against each complainant. At the time he was staying with a friend in Ripley following a domestic difficulty with his partner which has been resolved,” said John Kavanagh, for the father-of-three.